2017 Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

2017 Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

Here’s where you can view Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

There's no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with your family. Here are some of the best Christmas tree lightings across New York City, including Manhattan, BrooklynQueens, and Staten Island.

Tree Lightings in Manhattan

FREE 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 
 Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8-9pm
WHERE: Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Bundle up and squeeze through the crowded sidewalks to see this year's towering Christmas tree. If you're keen on seeing the tree lighting, join tens of thousands to see the performances and lighting live, or watch it on TV. The ceremony is on a first-come, first-served basis. After the lighting you can visit the tree from 5:30am-11:30pm daily until 9pm on Jan. 7, 2018.
WANT TO GO? 212-332-6868. rockefellercenter.com.

FREE 21st Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting
 Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues, Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
WANT TO GO? 212-310-6675. centralparknyc.org. 

Tree Lighting Skate-tacular
 Friday, Dec. 1, 6-7pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This year’s event, narrated by Tony Award winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), will feature a stellar line up of live performances from Olympic and World Champion skaters including Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Jeff Buttle, followed by ice skating for all.
WANT TO GO?  bryantpark.org/events/2017/12/01/tree-lighting-skate-tacular.

FREE Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting 
 Sunday, Dec. 3, 5-6pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street and East End Avenue, Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: A cherished, family tradition: carols, Cantori choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for years to come. A rain or shine event.
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455. carlschurzparknyc.org. 

FREE Park Avenue Tree Lighting 
 Sunday, Dec. 3, 6:30pm
WHERE: Brick Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue and East 91st Street, Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This holiday event has been taking place for more than 70 years and was originally created to honor men and women who died in WWII. 
WANT TO GO? fundforparkavenue.org. 

FREE Annual Holiday Lighting Of The Madison Square Park Christmas Tree 
 Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Between Fifth and Madison Avenues from 23rd to 26th Streets, Gramercy 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Annual tree lighting and holiday celebration. Enjoy seasonal activities including festive performances from The Sweetback Sisters, the New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox, a seed packet activity with Gardener Steph, and much more! Tasty Holiday treats to be provided by wagamama and hot soup provided by Almond. The Illumination of the Tree of Light will take place at 4:55pm.
WANT TO GO? 212-520-7600. madisonsquarepark.org. 

FREE Holiday on the Hudson
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 4:30-6:30pm
WHERE: West Harlem Pier Park, 125th Street, Harlem
WHAT: Celebrate the holidays in West Harlem with this tree lighting event with live music and hot chocolate (while stocks last).
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

Tree Lightings in Brooklyn

FREE The 12th Annual DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting 
 Monday, Dec. 4, 5pm
WHERE: Pearl Street Triangle, Water Street between Pearl Street and Anchorage Place, DUMBO 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This year’s festivities include the lighting of a tree donated by Adam Parke Trees at Windswept Farm, calypso music from Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, excerpts from the Nutcracker performed by DUMBO’s Gelsey Kirkland Dance Academy, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa Claus with a photo booth, and a toy drive of unwrapped toys for a children for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive. 
WANT TO GO? dumbo.is.

FREE Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Party 
 Friday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join this holiday party with live performances, dance and music. Holiday treats provided by local shops and restaurants. Special guest Santa will greet the children. Toy and book drive (bring new toy or book fully wrapped with written note on wrapping paper indicating appropriate gender and age group). Presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. Sponsored by NYC Council, Con Edison & Investors Bank. Shop, dine, celebrate along Atlantic Avenue this holiday season from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront! 
WANT TO GO? 718-875-8993. atlanticave.org. 

FREE Fort Hamilton Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Spectacular 
 Friday, Dec. 1, 4-9pm
WHERE: Bay Ridge, 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Bay Ridge 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy this exclusive and diverse holiday experience at the military base and explore unique gifts created by local artisans and artists, traditional food, carousel, Santa, and more. Tree lighting starts at 5:30pm.   
WANT TO GO? 718-630-4771. hamilton.armymwr.com.

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting 
 Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:30pm
WHERE: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park, Fort Greene 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join this holiday tree lighting at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Stop by for free warm beverages and snacks provided by local businesses, gather with your neighbors, and take a picture with Santa Claus. 
WANT TO GO? 347-559-5142. fortgreenepark.org. 

FREE 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
 Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7pm
WHERE: Owl's Head Park, 67th Street and Colonial Road, Bay Ridge 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Owl's Head Park's 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the Owl's Head Park Horticulture Group with Senator Marty Golden will take place in front of the park house located across from Bliss Terrace and 68th Street. Hot cocoa will be provided by Bay Ridge Manor and cookies by Senator Marty Golden. Christmas chorals will be sung by the Guild for Exceptional Children Choir and Santa will give out gifts to the kids.
WANT TO GO? 718-748-9522. facebook.com/owlsheadvolunteers.

FREE Annual Tree Lighting 
 Friday, Dec. 8, 6pm
WHERE: Hendrick L. Lott House, 1940 East 36th Street, Fillmore Ave. and Avenue S, Marine Park 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Wood pilings still remain more than 360 years after the original foundation of the Gerritsen Mill was first laid down. Explore the area surrounding one of the first water-powered mills in North American and discover its value both past and present. Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city's long history. Historic New York programs highlight the history of selected neighborhoods or parks. 
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

Tree Lightings in Queens

FREE Tree Lighting Celebration
 Saturday, Nov. 25, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy an annual tree lighting celebration including holiday music, strolling elves, face painters free coffee from Starbucks, cookies and milk for the kids and a special visit from Santa!
WANT TO GO? 718-326-3300. shopatlaspark.com. 

FREE Christmas in the Garden and Tree Lighting
 Sunday, Dec. 3, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Get into the holiday spirit with fun for the whole family!  Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, holiday crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales at QBG Shop.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org. 


Tree Lightings on Staten Island

Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
 Sunday, Dec. 3, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Hosted by The Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town, experience a winter extravaganza that will offer shoppers unique holiday gifts and handmade decorations as they soak in the seasonal festivities. Ornaments, crafts, baked goods, and Mrs. Claus' Attic Treasures will all be available in the Third County Courthouse. The traditional tree lighting at 5pm is free!
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 6 years and younger. 718-351-1611. historicrichmondtown.org. 


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Main image: The Rockefeller Center tree lighting draws thousands of spectators each year.